December 15th, 2010 12:00 am WW Editorial Staff | Special Section Stories

For Outside


1. Forest Park map set, $22.50, contains a map of all Forest Park trails and nine detailed guides to loop hikes with points of interest. Forest Park Conservancy office, 1505 NW 23rd Ave., 223-5449. Also at all New Seasons Market and REI locations and Powell’s City of Books.

2. Solar Bullet vibrator, $27.95, squeezes 60 minutes of surprisingly powerful buzzing from each eight-hour charge of its solar battery. For some reason, there is an LED on the business end. The better to see you with, we suppose.

3. Bike tool roll, $19 or $36 with tools (wrenches, patch kit and tire levers), handmade in Portland by Bike Cozy. Community Cycling Center, 1700 NE Alberta St., 287-8786,;

4. Olympic Jump Rope, $7.95-$10.95, amazingly still made in Portland from heavy-duty plastic. We asked for this one in Trail Blazers team colors. The Jump Rope Store, 3059 NW Yeon Ave., 226-4221,; Canoe, 1136 SW Alder St., 889-8545,

5. Wood Chuck ball flinger, $24.95, made from bamboo and cork, will easily chuck a tennis ball 50 yards. Green Dog Pet Supply, 4327 NE Fremont St., 528-1800,

6. Icebreaker Igloo Hood, $200, made from New Zealand merino wool. It’s soft, smells good and is very, very warm. Icebreaker Touch Lab, 1109 W Burnside St., 241-8300,

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